barium enema

Pronunciation: (BAYR-ee-um EH-neh-muh)

A procedure in which a liquid that contains barium sulfate is put through the anus into the rectum and colon. Barium sulfate is a silver-white metallic compound that helps show pictures of the colon, rectum, and anus on an x-ray.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Barium enema procedure. The patient lies on an x-ray table. Barium liquid is put into the rectum and flows through the colon. X-rays are taken to look for abnormal areas.

Date last modified: 2010-12-13